(AP) – The Kansas Senate has suspended debate a new plan for raising taxes to balance the state budget that embraces Gov. Sam Brownback’s stance on business taxes.
Senators resumed work Saturday morning. It is their 107th day, tying a record for the longest session,
Senators discovered technical flaws early Saturday morning in the measure drafted by three Senate and three House negotiators. It would increase the state’s sales tax to 6.55 percent from 6.15 percent.
The measure also would raise business taxes by $24 million during the fiscal year beginning July 1. Brownback has said he’ll veto any larger increase.
Lawmakers must raise taxes by more than $400 million to erase a projected budget shortfall during the next fiscal year.